Chase the Cup with U.S.: Meet the U.S. Defense

May 28, 2014, 4 p.m. (ET)

Chase the Cup with U.S. - Meet the U.S. Defense

The intense competition of the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup is only one day away and we want you to meet the faces who protect the defensive circle of the U.S. Women’s National Squad. A few of the team members below share why you should Chase the Cup with U.S. and follow the squad on their quest for greatness in Holland.

Lauren Crandall #27 (Doylestown, Pa.) – Defense. Crandall, a 2007 Wake Forest University graduate, has been a mainstay on the National Team roster since 2005. Today, after almost a decade of dedication, she has over 220 caps. The two-time Olympian captained the U.S. Team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In an effort to further her education, Crandall has also earned her graduate degree from the DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management.

Jackie Kintzer #31 (Robesonia, Pa.) – Goal keeper. At the University of North Carolina, the talented Kintzer helped the Tar Heels win two NCAA titles before joining the U.S. National Team in 2010 and making field hockey a career. Since then, she has never looked back and has been instrumental in the cage for Team USA. Kintzer helped the U.S. earn a berth in the 2012 Olympics in London and was part of the gold-medal squad at the 2014 Champions Challenge.

Stefanie Fee #2 (Virginia Beach, Va.) – Defense. To the Virginia Beach native, the field hockey pitch feels as much like home to her as does the beach. Fee attended the Virginia state field hockey powerhouse Frank W. Cox High School prior to becoming a defensive standout for the Blue Devils at Duke University. Since being named to the U.S. Women’s National Squad in 2012, Fee has proven her fierce competiveness and strength in the backfield.

Rachel Dawson #8 (Berlin, N.J.) – Midfield. From her childhood home in Berlin, N.J., Dawson shared her competitive spirit, natural athleticism and a tiny bathroom with her seven siblings. Two of her older sisters even played field hockey for the U.S. National Team. For Dawson, being a part of a big team is second nature. The versatile defender, midfielder joined the National team in 2005 and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2007. She is the most capped athlete on the squad with 233 marks.